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Power Tool: Building Two-Way Relationships
Advancing ones career in today's market
depends not so much on who you know, but what you know that others need to
know. It's not enough just to know the right people. The right people need
to know what you have to offer, find it valuable, and recognize that you are
willing to share your skills. The best way to get this message out is to
find ways to be a resource to as many people as possible.
Writing Resumes That Lead to Interviews
Make it easy for people to see your qualifications
- at a glance. A bulleted list of experiences related to the job for
which you have applied should appear at the top of the first page. Limit
your resume to two-pages. People are too busy today to read through
pages of accomplishments.
Show That You Are A Team Player. If you are
applying for a job that requires the ability to work as a member of a
team (and most do), focus on the accomplishments you helped to occur as
part of a team and resist the temptation to list all your individual
accomplishments. Use Data to illustrate how your work affected the
bottom line (e.g. led a process improvement team that reduced returns by
20%). If you list courses you have taken to update your skills, show how
you have applied skills learned on the job and the savings or measurable
benefits that occurred as a result.
Show Leadership Skills. Focus, whenever possible,
on programs which you have championed rather than on those in which
you merely participated.
Show That You Have People Skills. Success in most
positions today is 30% job-related technical skills and 70% people
Show How You Are Able to (1) work on
cross-functional, inter-departmental, and global teams; and (2)
communicate your expertise in a way that others will accept.
Show That You Have Kept Up With The Times. Be sure
to outline all the different responsibilities you have had which
illustrate that you have increased your skill set. This is especially
important if you�ve been in the same position in the same organization
for several years. By the way, using an old typewriter instead of the
latest word-processor to type your resume signals that you have not kept
up with the times. Resumes should be professionally typed - no
handwritten cover letters.
Know What the Job Is Worth and ask for the
appropriate salary. Listing a salary range from $65,000 - $100,000
signals that you�ll take any thing.
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